The FOCUS Room

During the creation of the Integrated Science Facility (Fall 2017-2020), the historic Music Hall served as the headquarters for Chemistry and Geology on campus — as well as the heart of the FOCUS program. Now, all of these departments and FOCUS have fully moved into the new Science Facility, Evelyn M. Anderson Hall. Anderson Hall 223, situated on the second floor and facing the Daugherty Atrium, is the new home for FOCUS. This room is the physical center of the program, with the FOCUS library nearby, providing a study and meeting space for students,  and a warm beverage on a cold day.

The room is used by non-FOCUS members, but the FOCUS library cabinet is locked with a code only FOCUS members know. Priority use of the Anderson 223 is given to FOCUS from 6 pm-midnight on weeknights and 8 am–8 pm on weekends. The cabinet houses the FOCUS library, a collection of math and science textbooks available for use on the second floor of Anderson Hall, as well as a hot water kettle, an assortment of tea, and study snacks at the beginning of each term.

FOCUS Library

The FOCUS Library is designed to provide members with access to often expensive textbooks. This lending library is community-run, with all books staying on Anderson Hall’s second floor so as to be available for any FOCUS member to use at any time. The cabinet is located adjacent to the FOCUS Coordinator’s office, Anderson Hall 230. The library is also supplemented based on student needs, meaning FOCUS members can request the purchase of a particular book to be added to the library at the beginning of each term.

Would you like to request a textbook be added to the FOCUS library? Fill out the FOCUS Textbook Form.

Below is the list of current titles available in the FOCUS library cabinet (as of June 2018).

BiologyHuman Sexuality4thLewvay and Baldwin
BiologyBiology9thRaven, Johnson, Mason, Losos, Singer
BiologyVander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function13thWidmaier, Raff, Strange
BiologyThe Insect: An Outline of Entomology4thGullan and Cranston

Borror and Delong's Introduction to the Study of Insects

Exploring the Way Life Works: The Science of Biology

Borror and Delong

Mahlon Hoagland, Bert Dodson, Judith Hauck
BiochemistryBiochemistry8thBerg, Tymoczko, Gatto, Stryer
ChemistryQuantitative Chemical Analysis7thHarris
ChemistryQuantitative Chemical Analysis8thHarris
ChemistryChemistry8thZumdahl, Zumdahl
ChemistryOrganic Chemistry6thBruice
ChemistryOrganic Chemistry - Study Guide and Solutions Manual6thBruice
ChemistryOrganic Chemistry2ndKlein
ChemistryThe Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry--
ChemistryThermodynamics, Statistical Thermodynamics, and Kinetics1stEngel, Reid

Chemistry: The Central Science

The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

Brown, Lemay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward

Larry Gonick, Craig Criddle
Computer ScienceComputer Organization and Design- Hardware/Software InterfaceArm EditionPatterson, Hennessy
Computer ScienceBeginning Programming with Java - For Dummies2ndBurd
GeologyMineral Science23rdKlein, Dutrow
GeologyUnderstanding Earth6thGrotizinger, Jordan
Math: AlgebraLinear Algebra with Applications4thBretscher
Math: CalculusCalculus: Early Transcendentals3rdRogawski, Adams
Math: CalculusCalculus: Early Transcendentals2ndRogawski, Adams
Math: CalculusCalculus: Early Transcendentals6thSteward
Math: StatisticsStatistics: Unlocking the Power of Data *2 copies available-Lock, Lock, Lock, Lock, Lock
Math: StatisticsSeeing Through Statistics3rdUtts
Math: StatisticsMathematical Statistis: with Resampling and R-Chihara, Hesterberg
Math: StatisticsProbability: with Applications and R-Dobrow
PhysicsPhysics: for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics4thGiancoli
PhysicsSix Ideas that Shaped Physics- Unit R: The Laws of Physics are Frame-Independent2ndMoore
PhysicsMatter and Interactions 1: Modern Mechanics3rdChabay, Sherwood
PsychologyPsychology8thGleitman, Gross, Reisberg
PsychologyPsychological Science4thGazzaniga, Heatherton, Halpern
PsychologyPsychology2ndSchacter, Gilbert, Wegner

Psychology of Behavior

Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level


Saundra Yancy McGuire, Stephanie McGuire
Fighting Light Pollution- Smart Lighting Solutions for Individuals and CommunitiesInternational Dark-Sky Association
inFOCUS - Focusing on Cultivating Scientists

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